October 13, 2017
President Trump announced late last night that the Administration would no longer make the cost sharing reduction (CSR) payments to insurers offering plans in the ACA marketplace.
September 26, 2017
Over the weekend and earlier today, changes were made to the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson health system reform legislation. These changes would primarily benefit a handful of states where Republican Senators have threatened to vote against the legislation on the floor. In addition, changes were made that seem intended to address Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) interest in providing still more flexibility to states under the proposed new block grant system. Highlights of the recent changes include the following:
- Directs more federal funding to key states, including Alaska, Arizona, Kentucky, and Maine:
- Tightens language regarding pre-existing conditions: states would have to describe how their health plans "shall maintain access to adequate and affordable health insurance coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions." The original language said each state had to show how it "intends" to have adequate and affordable access to coverage.
- States are given broad new authority to allow insurance companies to design new insurance rules for individuals and insurers that receive money through the block grant program. Under the new version, states would no longer be required to apply for waivers from many of the ACA’s patient protections; instead, states could let insurers impose deductibles that are higher than the limits set by the ACA, or remove the health law’s limits on the costs that an individual family can incur in a year entirely. They could also offer coverage that lacks some of the ACA’s essential health benefits, such as maternity care, prescription drugs or mental health. Plus, states could let insurers widen the gap between how much older people and young people are charged. And states could remove requirements that insurers cover preventive-health treatments and immunizations. This could result in insurers offering bare-bones insurance policies that feature cheaper premiums but higher out-of-pocket costs, thereby pricing out individuals with pre-existing conditions.
September 19, 2017
The attached letter was sent to the Senate leadership today, expressing the AMA’s opposition to the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson Amendment to H.R. 1628, the “American Health Care Act of 2017.” The legislation does not meet the principles for health system reform that the AMA shared with Congress on the first day of the 2017 legislative session. In particular, it would result in millions of Americans losing health insurance coverage, further destabilize the health insurance marketplace, undermine the health care safety net provided by Medicaid, and jeopardize important insurance reforms such as guaranteed issue and the ban on pre-existing condition exclusions and benefit caps.
To take advantage of the preferred procedural rules provided for budget reconciliation bills that would allow passage by the Senate with a simple majority, the legislation must be passed by September 30. House passage could be delayed until after that deadline, but no changes could be made. A Congressional Budget Office estimate of the amendment’s impact is expected early next week; due to time constraints, it is not expected to include estimated impacts on coverage or other important details.
July 26, 2017
During consideration of proposals related to the Affordable Care Act, the American Medical Association urges Senators to consider the impact their votes will have on the health of all Americans.
July 20, 2017
As the debate over the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) aka Obamacare continues to unfold in Washington, DC, you can be assured that your medical society has been working diligently on Capitol Hill and with local and national stakeholder groups to make sure any legislation protects — and enhances— your patients’ access to affordable, high quality care.
March 23, 2017
March 22, 2017
Dear Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi:
March 23, 2017
Congress has long recognized the importance of the rural health care safety net and has steadfastly worked to protect it. And now, much of the protections created to maintain access to care for the 62 million who live in rural America are in jeopardy. We implore Congress to continue its fight to protect rural patients’ access to care. Three improvements are critical for rural patients and providers:
March 14, 2017
Late yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released the attached report providing its estimates of the impact the American Health Care Act (AHCA) would have on federal spending, the health insurance market, and the number of Americans with health care coverage. Below is a top line summary of the report, as well as the AMA’s statement in response.
March 13, 2017
American Health Care Act
Summary of Key Provisions, as introduced on March 6, 2017
March 9, 2017
AMA says American Health Care Act is Critically Flawed; Points to Reductions in Insurance Coverage, Potential Harm to Vulnerable Patient Populations
February 21, 2017
"As I begin my Chairmanship of the WCMS Foundation at the same time that our country struggles with the creation of a “post-affordable care act,” it is my goal that our Foundation not just adapt but adapt well in this sea of change."
C. Britt Peterson
2017 WCMS Foundation Chair
December 7, 2016
Desde la elección, varias personas han hecho preguntas relativas a la interpretación médica y la Red de Intérpretes de WCMS (también conocida como WIN), tendrá relevancia en los próximos años. WIN y los intérpretes del área médica están comprometidos a ser una parte vital del equipo de cuidados de salud y a ayudar a los proveedores de los mismos, a dar a sus pacientes los mejores cuidados posibles en cualquier idioma.
November 17, 2016
November 16, 2016
October 14, 2016